Ten Ways To Improve Your Company’s IT Systems
The world of IT is constantly evolving, and if your company is stuck in the past, relying on a monolithic system with one central server, inflexible development cycles, and difficult to manage resources, then you’re probably wasting money, and missing out on a lot of the benefits of modern IT systems.
Take a look at these ten ways to improve your IT solutions:
Why pay for an expensive server with lots of memory and bandwidth if you don’t need those resources 24/7/365? With cloud services, you can stop and start processes as required, and you only pay for the computing resources you use.
The agile paradigm relies on iterative and incremental development. Agile delivery is rapid, flexible, and produces immediately measurable results. It allows you to respond quickly to change, and is a great way to help small teams work together.
Managed IT services
Do you really have the resources to manage all of your IT systems in house? In most cases, it doesn’t make sense to try to handle complex computing systems in house – why not outsource your IT requirements to the experts, and let them manage backups, maintenance, patching, and support?
Managed IT services free up your IT guys so that they can focus on a more important job – keeping the systems in your office ticking over so that your revenue earning employees can be productive.
There was a time when people were wary of adopting open source software because they believed that the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of open source software was higher than that of proprietary solutions.
Today, open source software is far more popular, so it is easier to find people that know how to use it, and it’s easier to get tech support too. Using open source software makes commercial sense.
Investing in mobile technologies will allow your employees to work on the move. This is good both for productivity (no more having to wait until you fly back to the office to file that report), and morale, as it opens up remote working options.
Unified communications technology reduces the training and support burden that your IT department faces. Instead of having to manage several different applications for email, IM, file sharing, groupware, and VoIP, you have just one system to take care of.
Investing in training is always a good idea – especially if it’s been a while since your employees updated their skills. New software versions usually come with several enhancements that will increase your productivity and make life easier for users. It makes sense to find out what those enhancements are.
As mentioned earlier, mobile devices make remote working easy. Many executives say that they’d take the ability to work from home one or two days a week over a pay rise. As perks go, remote working is one of the easiest, and best, for a company to offer.
Development sprints are a popular part of software development these days. They’re more motivating than traditional milestones, and, if properly employed, they reduce the likelihood and severity of “crunch time”.
If you’re not using a version control system, you should be. SVN, Git, and other similar software makes it easier to track who is editing what document and when, and allows you to roll back to a previous version if something goes wrong.